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Old 02-15-2012, 05:00 AM
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Hi all! The shoes ive drummed in for 2 years (only been drumming 3 1/2) are hanging on to life by a final thread, and i was thinking today that i would just get another pair. Well i looked online and i saw they are no longer produced, so i was wondering "oh no, what do i do!" I came across these, and wondered if they are worth trying/using
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half of me says they would do their job perfectly, the other half screams marketing scam, any opinions, ect on these?
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Old 02-15-2012, 05:53 AM
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I'm sure they work. Or should I say, I'm sure they work just as well as your feet can drive them. But so does barefoot, or Chucks or Vans or Nikes or Doc Martins or leather dress shoes any other shoe within reason......save for concrete shoes and maybe flip flops. Hell, there's some excellent chick drummers who can rip it apart in high heels.

Sure, everyone has their individual preferences. And wearing what makes you comfortable is half the battle. But if you're thinking "shoes maketh the drummer" then these things are gonna sadly disappoint you. Personally I see no reason to fork out extra money for specially designed "drum shoes" when any old shoe does me just fine. When they design a shoe that can do things my foot can't, then I may be interested.
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Old 02-15-2012, 05:56 AM
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not sure if really australian
or just saying flip flops so all the non australian's don't get confused


i just use the shoes i wear every day - some DC shoes that are flat footed, work good enough for me...
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not sure if really australian
or just saying flip flops so all the non australian's don't get confused
lol. I learned that lesson last time I used the word thong on this forum.
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Old 02-15-2012, 06:58 AM
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I actually use some vans to drum, they've got a hell of a lot of miles on them, plus a marching season (300+ hours) so the sole is worn thin but not too thin. Thats what's comfy for me, I mean I had to drum in boots once, but I'm looking for something to take over in the comfy zone when my shoes die. But I know the shoes don't make the drummer :-)
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Old 02-15-2012, 06:15 PM
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You can't beat the Puma "Drift Cat" series. These are made for race car drivers, thus are specifically designed so you can feel pedals. VERY thin soled from heel to toe, easy to find, and reasonably priced. ;-) Many colors and styles.

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Old 02-17-2012, 08:14 PM
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I'm sure they work. Or should I say, I'm sure they work just as well as your feet can drive them. But so does barefoot, or Chucks or Vans or Nikes or Doc Martins or leather dress shoes any other shoe within reason......save for concrete shoes and maybe flip flops. Hell, there's some excellent chick drummers who can rip it apart in high heels.

Sure, everyone has their individual preferences. And wearing what makes you comfortable is half the battle. But if you're thinking "shoes maketh the drummer" then these things are gonna sadly disappoint you. Personally I see no reason to fork out extra money for specially designed "drum shoes" when any old shoe does me just fine. When they design a shoe that can do things my foot can't, then I may be interested.
Agree. It's more the drummer's feet than anything else. That said, I usually wear suede shoes that fit my feet exactly (my feet are size 9s XD). Sometimes sneakers, but not very often. I have played in leather dress shoes before, but they weren't really comfortable. And drumming with them a few times cracked the upper part. :(
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In the Search box above, type in Shoes, and check the various threads on shoes and drumming and drumming shoes. You may find what you need there.
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Old 02-18-2012, 10:44 PM
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"Bloody ell" !

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Old 02-19-2012, 01:20 AM
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Adidas superstars, Chuck Taylor's, Wrestling shoes, Puma drivers....
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Old 02-20-2012, 04:32 PM
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barefoot, socks, chuck taylors, need i say more ;)
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Old 02-23-2012, 01:12 AM
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i usually wear adidias originals, they're very comfortable, and absorb lots of shock, and i can still feel the mechanics of the pedals. or slip-on dress shoes with a thin sole for the formal gigs for the mechanics reason, plus once u get your size and a good fit, you'll never tie them too tight (which causes poor circulation), like i do when i'm nervous...
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Old 02-23-2012, 01:17 AM
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Anything faily light and flexible. Converse all stars, Adidas Originals, Puma Speed Cats, etc
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Old 02-23-2012, 09:26 AM
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Hi all

when i see new products like this a certain thought always comes to mind .... Buddy rich never needed these ....the other greats never needed this product , fair enough in some cases new products are great and really make playing better and more enjoyable , but where do you draw the line ..?.. whats wrong with a normal pair of shoes that feel comfortable.....just my humble opinion...hope everyones well

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Old 02-23-2012, 07:47 PM
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just want to restate that i wasn't looking for the "miracle shoe" to give my flying feet, just suggestions. I found some kind of vans slip-ons alot like my old ones on sale so i just picked those up. They're working just great! Compared to the boots i was using they are significantly better :-)!
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Old 02-23-2012, 08:02 PM
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Puma Repli Cats for me.....


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Old 02-23-2012, 09:31 PM
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What do you wear if the gig calls for everyone to wear a Tux? Not every gig is a jeans n t-shirt event.
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Old 02-24-2012, 05:15 AM
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i've drummed in my formal shoes before, it's not hard..

you can see daniel glass play here with some fancy shoes, and a pretty formal suit:
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Old 02-24-2012, 05:27 AM
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I actually had to drum in at a nice dress event today! It was easy concert band stuff, so I wasn't too concerned about having to rip it up or anything. I think most event that you would have to wear nice clothing to probably wont need you to play anything that is harder than usual in dress shoes.
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Old 02-28-2012, 03:56 AM
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Wrestling shoes...can't beat 'em! Flat, thin, flexible soles and really light. Got an old model for pretty cheap. I've worn them when playing with nicer pants and they worked well for me.
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Old 03-01-2012, 06:17 AM
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Just picked these up. Don't remember if I've ever owned Van's before. I feel like a 58yo teenage skateboarder. Suave'
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Old 03-06-2012, 04:44 AM
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Those Vans are sweet! Wonder if they still make the Jeff Spicoli black/white checkered models...if so, I would be all in! I had a pair a long time ago and those things would really take a beating.
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Old 03-06-2012, 05:05 AM
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Just picked these up. Don't remember if I've ever owned Van's before. I feel like a 58yo teenage skateboarder. Suave'
These aren't just good for drumming, the slip-on is advantageous for those of us traveling through the airports in the U.S.! Might have to get a pair before I take my next trip ;)
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Old 03-06-2012, 05:09 AM
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Regarding the topic on discussion though, you really should learn how to play in a variety of shoes. I've done weddings in a tux, and learned how to play with dress shoes, I've done country gigs with boots and a hat, and although I love the deck shoe-type (Vans) that I've managed to sneak on all other gigs, you never know when you will have to play or what you will have to wear. My recommendation is just to learn how to play in all kinds of stuff. If you saw me on my current gig you'd think it was unplayable altogether!
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Old 03-06-2012, 11:14 PM
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Now we gotta see pics of your current gig!
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Dave Weckl used to have a branded shoe for drumming. They are no longer available, but the concept is to play in the same shoe every time for consistency. I wear leather soled moccasins but i would have to believe that wrestling shoes are the next best choice. They have a very thin sole that allows for maximum feel with a good gripping traction. If anyone knows where I can obtain a new pair of size 11 Weckl shoes...
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I like playing in these sometimes.


Barefoot or in socks they're always comfy.

I've gotten over thinking I look stupid in them. They're waterproof, they kick off easier than flip flops, if they start to stink just wash them with a little detergent in the kitchen sink for a minute and bam, you're back in business. They even have a strap, if you must ;-)

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Dave Weckl used to have a branded shoe for drumming. They are no longer available, but the concept is to play in the same shoe every time for consistency. I wear leather soled moccasins but i would have to believe that wrestling shoes are the next best choice. They have a very thin sole that allows for maximum feel with a good gripping traction. If anyone knows where I can obtain a new pair of size 11 Weckl shoes...
To my way of thinking, this pretty much sums up why you should get used to playing in anything. (not intending to single you out here either, moreso it just provides a good general example of the downside of becoming reliant on one pair of shoes to play in.)

It ain't the shoe, it's the foot that wears it.
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Regarding the topic on discussion though, you really should learn how to play in a variety of shoes. I've done weddings in a tux, and learned how to play with dress shoes, I've done country gigs with boots and a hat, and although I love the deck shoe-type (Vans) that I've managed to sneak on all other gigs, you never know when you will have to play or what you will have to wear. My recommendation is just to learn how to play in all kinds of stuff. If you saw me on my current gig you'd think it was unplayable altogether!
Have you ever played in Mickey Mouse shoes? I saw the parade. I know you're Mickey! jk...
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For the time being.......these are good enough for my long & narrow feet.
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I like crocs. If I have to wear dress shoes to an event i cheat and take them off behind the set and play in socks.
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Converse Chuck Taylor LOW tops, or my EVH low tops!
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I'm gonna save up for a pair of these.
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I just got a pair of these. Basically a leather Nike version of Chucks. These fit better than Chucks for my wide feet, though.
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One day after wrestling practice, I kept my wrestling shoes on and started playing and have never looked back!
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+1 To both of these posts! I have a cheap pair of Asics that I use, hell I just leave them on after I drum and wear them around the house lol. Like Shambo said, thin, flexible and grippy, best bang for your buck.
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Old 04-27-2012, 09:32 PM
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I wear some Air Jordans. Tried the Chuck Taylors, but they are too narrow for my wide feet.
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I play in whatever shoes i'm wearing. Could be formal or running shoes.

I don't like to depend on any particular shoe or get caught up with a superstition that i can't play good because i forgot my "drum shoes."
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